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Technical Papers Selected for WODCON XX, The Art of Dredging

Brussels:  Brussels Town Hall.  Photo by Visit Brussels.

Brussels: Brussels Town Hall. Photo by Visit Brussels.

Plans are being finalized for the World Dredging Congress, WODCON XX, to be held June 3 through 7 in Brussels, Belgium.

The technical paper committee has selected the abstracts for papers and notified the authors. The technical program is on the theme The Art of Dredging, with general topics Alluvial and Deep Sea Mining; Environmental Issues; Management and Economics; Management of Sediments; Methods, Equipment and Techniques; and Regulatory Issues.

The detailed schedule of the sessions will be available on the congress’s website, www.wodcon.org.

Registration is now open on the conference website, with special pricing for members of CEDA, WEDA and EADA.

The Ice-breaker on June 3 in the exhibition hall of the Square will be a Belgian craft beer tasting, including unfiltered, unpasteurized beers accompanied by butter and Belgian raw milk cheeses. Also, on the program is a gala dinner in the Autoworld car museum, featuring 250 vehicles of various origins from the past century. The group will also visit Brussels Town Hall for the cocktail reception and tour the building. Tickets are limited, so attendees are advised to book soon.

The accompanying persons program will include a Surrealism and Art Nouveau tour and chocolate workshop in Brussels, and a tour of the “Venice of the North,” Bruges. After the congress is a one-day post congress tour to Dunkirk, France, where one of the most memorable events in wartime history was played out on the beaches.

CEDA has selected the best hotels of all categories in the vicinity of the congress venue, the Square-Brussels Meeting Centre, with special WODCON rates. Participants are (Royal Windsor Hotel 5* (Headquarters Hotel); NH Grand Place Arenberg 4*; Hotel Chambord 3*; Hotel La Madelein 2*; and others. A full list of rates, cut-off dates and interactive map are on the WODCON website.

The following companies have already pledged sponsorship to WODCON XX: Premium sponsors – DEME nv, Jan De Nul Group; Silver sponsors – Brusselle Enterprises, Detlef Hegemann Dredging GmbH, Seatools, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV; Bronze sponsors – CableArm, Hamburg Port Authority, IHC Merwede, IMDC, and iPS Powerful People. Sponsors are still being sought.

For more information email wodcon@congrex.com or phone +32 (0)2 627 0166.

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